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Two Seasons

While the southeast saw large hail and even one tornado report on Tuesday, the northwest regions of South Dakota and folks in North Dakota are dealing with blizzard conditions.

Highways remain close with No Travel Advisories in effect for much of North Dakota and into northwest, South Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Transportation shared this photo of Interstate 94 near Dickinson on Wednesday morning.

Photo Credit: North Dakota Department of Transportation

Motorists continue to have to deal with slippery roads across northwest and north-central, South Dakota. The driver of this semi found themselves blocking US Highway 212 near Faith as the driver lost control and the semi jackknifed.

Photo Credit: South Dakota Highway Patrol

Already several inches of snow have fallen with Lemmon in northwest, South Dakota coming in at 10.3 inches. Just outside of Ladner 9.0 inches had fallen and near Harding, about 5.0 inches of snow was on the ground. Additional snow is expected along with new snowfall reports.

On the other side of the coin, severe thunderstorms developed over southeast, South Dakota on Tuesday evening with one thunderstorm becoming tornado warned near the Mitchell area.

Hail was the primary severe weather event with hail to the size of baseballs (2.75") reported near Clayton or southeast of Mitchell. Other hail reports were golf ball size (1.75") near Emery and Armour and hen egg (2.00") size hail near Parkston.

Photo Credit: South Dakota Highway Patrol

This hail was reported about 13 miles east of Parkston on Tuesday evening.

Photo Credit: South Dakota Highway Patrol

There were reports of damage done by the hail, with even vehicle windows being broken out during the event.

The severe weather risk has quickly moved eastward leaving behind much colder air and strong northwest winds.

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